It was just a couple weeks ago that Martellus Bennett said he was “pretty sure” he would be retiring at the end of the 2017 season – he hasn’t played since. He missed Green Bay’s week 9 Monday Night Football match-up against the Detroit Lions due to a shoulder injury – And he was already ruled out of Sunday’s game in Chicago.
Now it appears that Bennett’s time in Green Bay is finished. After only playing seven games as a Packer he was cut by the team this afternoon. Packers reason for releasing the veteran tight end was a failure from Bennett to disclose a medical condition designation, per the league’s transaction wire.
Bennett signed a 3-year deal with Green Bay for $21M – in which Green Bay already paid him $8M for this season. According to ESPN insider Ian Rapoport, the only tangible benefit to cutting Bennett with failure to disclose is if they argue his entire contract is void & they go after his money.
Bennett took to his Instagram account in late October to announce to his fans that he will not be returning after the 2017 season, “After conversations with my family I’m pretty sure these next 8 games will be the conclusion of my NFL career. To everyone who has poured themselves and time into my life and career. These next games are for you. Thank you.” Well its certain those next games won’t be in Green Bay, but don’t rule out the possibility of another team making a playoff run picking him up, including New England – the team he won a Superbowl ring with just a season ago.